Macklemore Accused of Antisemitism; Denies Costume Was Stereotype
Seattle rapper Macklemore is finding himself in hot water this morning after photos from a secret performance at Seattle’s EMP museum on Friday, May 16th were posted to Twitter.
In the photos, Macklemore is seen donning a fake nose, wig and beard in what many are calling a play on a Jewish caricature. Even Seth Rogen chimed in about the stint (scroll below).
While some can point to Macklemore using the costume as a disguise to keep the secret performance, well, a secret, it’s easy to agree the costume was a poor choice — regardless of intent. Sure, the Grammy-award winning artists has been praised for his progressive lyrics (especially when it comes to gay marriage and equality), but we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say that throwing a costume together that so clearly resembles Jewish stereotypes from Nazi propaganda is a bad call. Yes?
We think it falls somewhere between Prince Harry showing up dressed as a Nazi officer to a costume party in 2005 (two weeks before Holocaust Memorial Day) and Julianne Hough showing up to a Halloween party in black face. Is there a PR agent shortage somewhere?
Check out the pics (and Macklemore’s response) below:
Macklemore didn’t issue an official statement about the accusations, but did take to his Twitter account to post 94 characters on the issue: